Friday, October 23, 2015

Denim, Tees, and Platforms

As it's gotten colder I've had to put some serious thought into what I want to be wearing this fall/winter, and I'm gonna be honest- I'm super uncertain. I was just getting into a fashion groove this summer and I feel like as soon as October 1st was upon us the weather did a total 180!! I absolutely love fall/winter fashion and I'm sooooo excited to switch my style up a bit in these colder months, but I'm not 100% sure what type of looks I want to go for! Not too much is really speaking to me yet... guess I'm just at a lack of inspiration, which is weird because I usually see at least 5 outfits a day online or in person that I'm inspired by. Maybe I just need to make my closet speak to me by spicing it up a bit (I can hear my mom groaning as she reads that sentence). It's only the beginning of this new season though, so I've got some time to search for inspiration. A mental note has been made to open my eyes more for inspiration- it can be found in absolutely anything, absolutely anywhere, after all!

This was one of my first "colder weather" looks that I put together. I started out drawing inspiration from Arden Rose, a YouTuber whose quirky style I've been loooooving lately. Arden's style is a mix of vintage/classic and unique/funny, and her many quirky tees and dresses from Lazy Oaf, a UK based store, really inspired me to include some eccentric or unusual pieces in this look. Thus, I paired a classic button down denim skirt with these multi-colored platforms and the closest thing I could find to a graphic tee- Nationals merch. I would have preferred a cool graphic tee, but the Nationals tee is all I have at the moment in that department! (Mental note #2: more graphic tees are always needed). To adapt the look to the cold weather and keep me warm, I added a gray cardigan with a leather vest from Topshop.

Links to everything I'm wearing:

Jeffrey Campbell Digby Leather Platform (these are knockoffs of the amazing Stella McCartney Britt platforms- still a bit pricey but a much better deal than the nearly $1,000 Britt platforms)!

BDG Denim Seamed Skirt (you can find this skirt at almost any store like Topshop, Asos, or other online stores, but after trying on a couple at different shops I found that this one from Urban Outfitters was the best fit/style for me). 
 Other possible options:

 Cardigan (Similar):

Unfortunately the Nationals t-shirt I'm wearing isn't online anywhere, but any graphic tee would work (graphic tees are basically everywhere- in many online stores or at local thrift shops).

All the love (and edge),


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

♡ Septober Favorites ♡

I obsess over lots of things.
Multiple things on a monthly basis.
My obsessions often crossover from one month to the next- even from one year to the next, in many cases.
Thus, I've taken it upon myself to birth a new (theoretical) month: Septober. For those in the back: I created a new month in order to group my September- beginning of October favorites together. This invention either touches on my innovation and creativity or utterly emphasizes my lack of cohesiveness and organization. Let's go with something in the middle?

Anyway, stuff I've been loving lately:

Hair at the Valentino Spring 2016 RTW Show
This hair was so sick- I love any edgy braided hairstyles and the braids were so well done. I think cornrows/super tight braids are awesome and can really be rocked with so many more looks than they're given credit for. Also love the whisps of hair coming out of the updo- I really like pulling a couple pieces of hair out of my ponytails, buns, or braids like this to frame my face.

Cross Hoop Earrings
 I first saw these earrings in the Free People July 2015 Catalogue and loved them, and when I saw Ellis Clare (New Yorker/one of my favorite young Instagram models) sporting them during her escipades through the streets of New York, I loved them even more. I really enjoy seeing Ellis' photos because her style has a grunge aspect that I like a lot, and these earrings look awesome with all her outfits.

Ellis' instagram is @edgyellis

Sadly, I can't attach photos of me wearing these lovely things because they're still sitting in my cart on the Free People online site. Just a couple more hours of babysitting and they're mine (#thestruggle).
I've searched the internet for these earrings and the only place I've found them is on the Free People website for $68.00 (they were also available on Nasty Gal, but are now sold out). Do your ears a favor and check 'em out (and of course make sure to send me a photo of what you paired them with)!!

Speaking of one of my favorite Instagram models....
Beauty/Fashion Instagrams:
An instagram I've been quite literally drooling over lately has been @aniamilczarczyk (just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it). She's a makeup artist and post photos of her work, and she does the most amazing highlight. I can't get enough of beauty looks with lots of highlight lately- it just makes your face glow in a way that looks so awesome. I also have a special place in my heart for putting light, shimmery eye shadow on the tear duct to highlight the inner corner of your eyes, and this is featured in many of Ania's looks too. (Seriously, my friend Ellie who does my makeup a lot can testify to the fact that I'm always saying "It's okay if you don't have time to do the rest, just do the inner eye shimmer and I'll be good!")
Her highlighting is what propelled me to push the follow button and send multiple screenshots to Ellie, but she also does amazing sunset-colored eye looks that I would wear any day of the week, any hour.

Also, I found out about the Viva Aviva brand through the instagram of @dylanasuarez - I saw her wearing this red top that brought a really unique pop of color to her street style look and had to know where it was from. When I found the top on Viva Aviva's website, I realized it was $325... as you can probably tell by my indication that I need to save up to buy $68 earrings, this awesome shirt was so out of my price range I could barely see it. Still wanted to commemorate it's beauty though, so here it is:

Solace London Brand
I discovered Solace London while looking on Revolve for a black dress for a party. I was required to wear black for the party, and I wanted to find something that would be a little edgier or more unique than the typical/basic LBD. I found a couple dresses with a beautiful silk material that I really fancied, and realized every single one of them was from Solace London! When I looked into the brand further I loved the pieces on their website soooo much- they have the coolest separates and wide-leg jumpsuits. A quick google search also made me realize that celebrities love Solace London too!

Kendall Jenner in Solace London

Chrissy Teigen in Solace London

Zendaya in Solace London

Emily Ratajowski in Solace London

Kendall Jenner in Solace London

Let me know what your obsessions have been this "Septober!" Thanks for hangin out & reading my words.

All the love (and edge),


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Chanel RTW Spring 2016 Show

Have been crushing on the Chanel show photos I've seen on my Instagram feed all day (is it socially acceptable to say "lusting over" in the place of "crushing on"? I'll just leave it here in this parenthesis for some emphasis) and just looked into the full show/looks on WWD - really really love so many aspects of this show and collection!!

Although I'm still trying to familiarize myself with as many designers and their trademark characteristics as I can (an ongoing process that will probably never reach an end that I'm 100% satisfied with), what I've seen from Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld's work with that design house has been soooo sick. I think what continues to draw me to these collections is that there is always some aspect (or multiple) that I find eccentric - a bit weird, but in a unique and beautiful way. Although some of the looks are quite posh which usually isn't something I'm drawn to, the whole collections are always executed in a way that just looks so edgy and electric and unique, which I'm immediately drawn to in any outfit.

The particular aspects of the RTW Spring 2016 show that I absolutely loved were:

4) The unique and so incredibly awesome makeup look that I may or may not be considering wearing to school tomorrow, thus breaking the rules against makeup in the prestigious school handbook

From @stellamaxwell via Instagram

This makeup look was just so unique, which is one of the main aspects I strive to incorporate into all my looks and really respect/am drawn to in looks I see on others. It somehow complemented each look and the overall aesthetic of the show/collection so well, even though you would originally think that blue wouldn't even match with the looks.

Side Note: My favorite makeup I've ever seen in any runway show was from the Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 show (see left) and the blue eye look in the RTW Spring 2016 show just added to my absolute enchantment with the makeup in Chanel shows. Props, Karl & team.

3) The chunky silver statement necklaces and chokers

I barely wear any jewelry besides necklaces and 99% of the necklaces I have are silver, so I was in heaven looking at all these awesome silver pieces, especially the chokers. Here are some of my favorites:

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2) The metallic silver shoes (a hue that's approaching it's third month as my favorite nail color)

I really love metallic silver to add a little futuristic edge to an outfit lately, especially when incorporated into looks in small quantities like nail polish, purses, hair accessories, eye makeup, earrings, or shoes. The silver shoes in the show were all really really cool.

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1) The looks that were part of the pink palette and denim palette

The collection was obviously cohesive, but there were different little groups that had the same general idea/color palette, and one of these that I particularly liked was a handful of mainly pink looks. I usually lean towards a more neutral, darker color palette for my outfits but when I saw some of these pink looks on Instagram I was enchanted- they were the looks that made me so eager to look into the show and write this post. They're pretty but so eccentric, cool, and unique at the same time.


The other little cluster of looks that I was in love with was the looks with denim/blue. They combined sophistication and beauty (the jewels and mature silhouettes) with youthful street style (backwards hats, loose pants/skirts, and slightly slouchy jackets), which I found so much inspiration in because I love the vibe of grungy and fun street looks.




 As I've continuously tried to learn more about different designers and looked into more and more runway shows, I've realized that along with experiencing the art and expression of various creative minds and simply marveling at beautiful ensembles, my favorite part of runway shows are that they're a gold mine of inspiration for my personal style. My personal style is ever-developing and is always evolving and changing, and it's really beneficial and inspiring to look at runway looks and see which aspects jump out to me and make me want to amp up my style. To me, a big part of fashion (or anything you do in life, really) is inspiration, which can come from the exchange, expression, and circulation of different peoples' ideas. There are so many creative minds in the world and it's super cool to experience other people's creative expression and draw inspiration from the ideas they're putting out there!

All the love (and edge),
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